Steve Martin's manager also represented Bernadette Peters. Peters had a contract to perform at the Riviera. Their manager invited Steve to come to the property on Bernadette's birthday. At the time, she was working with Bob Newhart. After the show, the hotel celebrated her birthday with cake and I'm sure a few cocktails. She also meet Martin that night and a romance began to take shape according to the Riviera public relations department.
Soon Bernadette and Martin both had contracts at the Riviera and were working together in the showroom.